Meet The Team
Creativity needs to extend beyond the lens. Straight up tenacity, hard work and determination will always be a part of the equation, so get to it.
Bryan's Favorite Quote,
by Jimmy Chin
A good photograph is one that communicates a fact, touches the heart and leaves the viewer a changed person for having seen it.
Katie's Favorite Quote,
by Irving Penn
Photography is an art of observation. It has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.
Matt's Favorite Quote,
by Elliot Erwitt
"There’s a time when people say your work is revolutionary, but you have to keep being revolutionary. You have to keep changing, keep pushing yourself, looking for the new, the unusual."
Erica's Favorite Quote, by Rankin
"THE HARDEST PART ABOUT ERICA AND HER CREW BEING
so talented IS DECIDING WHICH IMAGES TO FRAME IN OUR HOME"
– Teddi and Darren
Owner & Founder
I'm Erica, Owner, Founder & CEO of Emerald Stone Photography.
I started my full time Wedding Photography & Business Journey after my beautiful daughter Kayleigh was born. I've always been entrepreneurial, I love people, and I enjoy dabbling in lots of different challenges at once.
I am a 2006 graduate of the Art Institute of York, giving me over 13 years of experience in the Digital Arts, Photography & Business fields. I bring a blend of modern, artistic and photojournalistic photography together to create meaningful photos that you will love and cherish.
We’ve been named TOP 5% of Wedding Photographers in the US!
We've won 5 Awards with WeddingWire's Couples Choice Awards (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)
We have an abundance of raving reviews from our clients + a 5 Star Rating on Google
We’ve been Featured on Say Yes to the Dress!
We’ve been published in the Baltimore Sun
Right now, ESP is a proud team of 6, and we’re still growing! and growing!
My grandfather has always been one to get the details right. Use the best archival materials, keep learning and create something worth keeping. Heirlooms. It’s how I was raised.
I try to incorporate those life lessons in everything I do, from picture-taking to parenting my little girl, and being a good husband. Your memories are important, and I respect that. As a photographer, my goal is to create timeless portraits that are influenced by my love of cinema. Bright, clean and vibrant colors, captured photographs that reflect the client, not the pose.
I’m a technical guy, and I love to use flash lighting to enhance the photograph. I don’t want to be limited by natural light but I strive to create a finished photograph that embraces it, even if the weather doesn’t cooperate. Some say that editing makes the photograph. I disagree. While some minor editing may be necessary, a well-composed, beautiful portrait doesn’t require it.
What is required is a connection. You need to feel comfortable with inviting a photographer into your special day. You want to feel that click. I do too. Yes, I’m a photographer by trade, but I think it’s more than a business transaction. My photography is based on strong family traditions and values. This business is based on relationships, developed over time. I’d like to be the one you turn to for those exciting times in your lives.
High-End Lighting Styles & Creative Night Time Photography.
No matter who you are or where you're from, you have a story.
Together we share and celebrate your journey!
I'm a believer of love, light, and happiness. They all belong together hand in hand. I'm a mother, wife, sister, daughter and friend. I wear a lot of hats! But my favorite by far is being a mom! Motherhood is such a blessing. I learn something new daily and appreciate all of the little things so much more. My daughters birth sparked my passion for photography. When she was born I knew I needed to document every stage of this roller coaster of a life we were going to have together.
Golden-Hour Photography (the hour before sundown!) & Candid/Lifestyle.
VIEW BRYAN'S PORTFOLIO, HERE.
Hi, I am Bryan! I recently got married in December 2018 to my beautiful wife Laikyn, and I am the father of two crazy, furry children. When it comes to the way I live my life, I would say I follow my heart and don’t necessarily take the wide path. I decided to skip out on college and a 9 to 5 job to chase a dream and my passion.
At the core of who I am, you will find a math and science geek. I love knowing the how’s and the why’s, and I love thinking creatively and challenging my brain. I love using natural light and flash in creative ways to bounce and reflect, illuminating my subject and capturing fleeting moments in the most beautiful way possible. To me, photography is an art, which requires a trained eye and the ability to think outside the box. Each image is a priceless moment and work of art that will stand the test of time.
Modern & Artistic Luxury Lighting Style & Exceptional Documentary Imagery.
I’m Katie, and I am so excited to be a part of Emerald Stone Photography! I am the Creative Assistant, and although I work behind-the-scenes, I am thrilled to play even the smallest role in your wedding day.
I graduated from York College of Pennsylvania in 2014 with a degree in English, and I have been working in the wedding industry ever since. I absolutely adore all things writing and reading, and one of my passions is creating words to match the elegance and beauty of your big day. Sharing your journey and your love for one another is so important, and I am honored to be a part of a team that makes this the highest priority.
I can’t wait to share not only the incredible photos from the Emerald Stone Photography team but your beautiful love story as well. Cheers!
Coming up with Amazing Content for Your Wedding Day Images, and getting them Featured on a wide variety of online blogs.
Hi, I'm Matt! I work with Emerald Stone's Lead Photographers to help plan and set up at weddings, operate lighting & photo equipment, and offer creative and technical advice to the photographer(s) on your Wedding Day. I also keep track of your wedding schedule, shot lists, assist with family & bridal party formals, and pay great attention to detail during every event throughout your day.
Assisting the ESP Lead Photographer with High-End Lighting & other Luxury Equipment.
OWNER ERICA'S STORY
"it was literally the only thing we had left..."
This slideshow displays one of the most special photo albums to me that was left unharmed during our house fire.
We all have a reason we love photography and why we get such joy from sharing photos of loved ones with our family and friends. This is my story.
I was only 6 years old, nearing the end of first grade, and the night is still a blur. On this night a tragedy happened - my family and I experienced a house fire. I was so little at the time, and the only memory I have is sitting in an ambulance with my younger brother, wrapped in a blanket, watching the flames take over our house. Literally everything, every room in the house burnt - except the closet in my moms room. Do you know what is so special about this closet? It held years and years and YEARS of memories. All of the printed photos and picture albums my mom cherished were tucked away in this closet. After such a tragedy had struck that night, this was all she had left.
These photos have even more meaning than they ever did before. Now my mom gets to share all of her memories with me from her photographs that were saved that night in the fire. I get to enjoy looking back at them over the years, and going through them when it was time to create framed photos and slideshows for my own wedding. This is why it is so important for me to share my story with you, to show you the true value in printed photography.
In addition to providing such value to us, our photos can have even more meaning for the people who are not in the photos. The parents, the grandparents, the children, or the grandchildren who aren’t even born yet. Photography gives us those slices of time that allows our imagination to fill in the story.
Keeping your wedding alive through print is something embedded into everything my team and I do, from how we photograph to the end result of albums and prints. I whole-heartedly believe that a printed photograph is timeless, because sometimes, it's all you have left.
The slideshow above displays a few images I captured of one of the most special photo albums to me that was left unharmed during our house fire. This albums holds memories of me when I was little, special moments with my mom, dad, family members I love, and some I've lost. I am so thankful to have these printed memories with me today.